Heart to Heart - December 2013

Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.

Dec202013
The Bishop's Levee for New Years Day takes place in the hall of the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on January 1. The Diocesan Office for Family Ministry was overwhelmed by the number of responses by parishioners to the Questionnaire for the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization. Most of our Seminarians and many of our Priests, and several young men who aspire to study for service as Priests in the Diocese will gather at the Cathedral Basilica next Friday. This is the last issue of Heart to Heart for 2013!

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Dec132013
Before he went to the Conclave, where he was elected Pope, Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio stayed in Room 203 at the Domus Paulus VI on Via della Scrofa, in Rome. (Remember the picture of the new Pope paying his bill at the front desk?) It is the very room I was given on my arrival here last week. I will surely mention it to him when we meet later today! Please pray for Fr. Robert Walz, who died on December 10th. Father Walz retired as Pastor of St. Mary’s in Elora in June 2011 and had been residing in Fergus.

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Dec062013
The Canadian Government has extended the deadline for matching donations dollar-for-dollar for the Philippine Typhoon Relief. A special Mass is being offered at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King this Sunday in Memory of Bishop Paul F. Reding. On my arrival in Rome on Monday, I was invited to a concert in Paul VI Hall, a major fundraiser for Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome. Supported by other Italian singing stars was Andrea Bocelli - the music was sublime! Prayers are requested for Father Jim Profit, SJ; on the advice of his doctors, he has stopped treatment for his cancers.

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